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whistleblower bradley manning will discover in a few hours whether blowing the lid off american military wrongdoing will see him stand the rest of his days behind bars. israeli and palestinian diplomats me to washington to revive negotiations after here is a failed peace efforts while in the palestinian city of hebron we report from where the roots of the deadlock are most keenly felt. as forecasts of a chinese slowdown put a dampener on the global economic outlook we ask whether the number is back up to test them ism.
it is five pm in the russian capital are you watching r t with me marina joshing. in just a few hours the twenty five year old u.s. army private or responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in american history will have his fate decided if found guilty on the graves charge of aiding the enemy bradley manning could be jailed for the rest of his life although as gun edged to counter reports the whistleblower has already been sentenced by the public guilty before trial much of the u.s. media together with the government have all but convicted bradley manning look at simple many did what he did they ought to try him and they ought to put his ass for far as he should be punished to the fullest extent possible and what is that. you think he should be killed yes. by comparison. here he jeopardized he jeopardized national security that. we broke the law president after all the true mandarin
chief called him guilty before he years before he was on trial that's under command influence to the judge in this trial who is a military officer in thousands of leaked documents bradley manning is exposed many aspects of u.s. foreign policy through his world logs the public has learned about war crimes committed by the u.s. in iraq and afghanistan perhaps best illustrated by the leaked collateral murder video this classified footage showed the ease with which the crew of a u.s. apache helicopter killed civilians in iraq with the protesting support of bradley manning throughout the country you come across demonstrations of supporting places like this restaurant slash bookstore and watching t.v. and their support is not so much for many as the thing to be drawn back to of course but more importantly for the public's right to know. but manning supporters are in the minority poll show that the majority of americans consider manning a traitor who cares whether the army killed some innocent people or not over in
iraq we you know we don't want to we don't want to be a part of that we're very uncomfortable so if it's a complex issue and it's uncomfortable americans generally will pull back from it and it allows the media to fill that gap and pro-trade bradley manning as a traitor it's been all too easy to label bradley manning a traitor perhaps because his revelations had to do with the u.s. government's wrongdoings abroad. polls show that americans are more sympathetic to snowden perhaps because these revelations are about their rights their civil liberties so they care more when some iraqis rights they apparently care less some argue that politics and timing have also played a role in the media coverage of bradley manning's case this had happened during the war and he was with the least got the stuff out scooped all these major media outlets right as the bush administration was ending the war was still an issue and something that was raw the american psyche might be something different but we're
short attention span people so three four five years later he's a traitor three four five years ago he might have been a hero the main narrative that the us government has pushed forward and he was effectively delivered by do us media was that many revelations have endangered us national security but the conversation that's been avoided is that perhaps the government's killing of civilians with drones and otherwise has generated more enemies for the united states than great the mannings revelations in washington i'm going to check out. how manning leaked some seven hundred thousand diplomatic and military documents to the whistle blowing website if we can leaks let's now take a look at how it all unfolded bradley manning enlisted to the u.s. army in two thousand and seven and was deployed to iraq two years later while in service he exposed the collateral murder video the food of u.s. forces killing civilians and iraq he told a hacker about his leaks who later turned him over to the government as
a result manning was arrested and faced a list of charges for revealing classified and highly sensitive information the afghan war diary was released shortly after that with manning kept in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison more revelations fall exposing u.s. military operations in iraq along with a series of u.s. diplomatic kate. all revealed by wiki leaks in march manning was accused of aiding the enemy a charge that could ultimately keep him behind bars for life in the meantime wiki leaks continue publishing exposing documents about guantanamo bay detainees the court martial proceedings against him began shortly after that with a u.n. saying that he was subject to excessive isolation and cruel treatment during detention a judge did not allow the u.n. torture inspector to testify about high profile trial finally got under way and for me maryland and is expected to be completed today well let's bring in gavin mcfate
again who is the director of the london based center for investigative journalism david thank you so much for devon sorry i think it's much for joining us here on our team to discuss this so manning is responsible for the largest exposé of the u.s. government in history what will be his punishment in your view will i suspect that the government is quote in a very difficult place they've invested a great deal in this prosecution they have every interest to prevent other whistleblowers from coming forward so the punitive and specs of the sentence will be quite severe i expect the country compromising quality however slightly different i think they're probably less keen on what the press will regard as a chilling effect on them if by punishing him quite severely because he would have had no consequence if it hadn't been for the new york times and the guardian and many european newspapers in publishing the most damaging material that he had about
the obama admin and bush administration's. now all why do you think manning asked for a military judge rather than a jury to hear use case. i don't i don't know the answer to that as any anybody where i am would know or not know i think the problem is that he might well have thought that if they had a group of very patriotic soldiers judging him that might be a worse result than somebody who might be held to account as a judge but i'm speculating that i don't have any evidence for that. all right well manning's attorneys sad that his client was negligence in releasing the documents but insisted manning had no evil and tanned now is that a mitigating circumstance of this case a think well i think that what's implied in all that is he acted out of his conscience he had a genuine dislike of what he was being asked to do of what the army was doing in iraq he thought that the crimes committed by the army should be made public what
they're admitting to was the fact that he broke the law in getting those documents and sending them out to wiki leaks the justice of what he did is another matter and i think in that most people are agreed except those who regard him automatically as a traitor most people would agree that indeed he did it as an act of conscience but certainly attempted to publish these documents in the new york times the washington post and other sources but none of them would do it until they were a wiki leaks that then they all took up the case but this is a very strong case that nobody would gain from this certainly not bradley manning who was affected abused very badly of solitary confinement so badly abused and cracked that a senior state department official resigned in protest the fact that the court won't accept that as as evidence of cruel and unusual treatment is to me quite astonishing. well regardless of the verdict and given what he has don you know exposing the secret of information. do you think out. ultimately i mean he has
achieved what he was aiming to achieve by doing all of this i think so in large measure in fact it's actually true that there were so many documents released that only a fraction had really been read and studied except by some academics that they have a jest of themselves and come out in any way in which the public can understand a lot of the crime and corruption and cronyism that characterized those disclosures so i think there's a long way to go still be but we understand the consequence of those documents but the context is clear and i think he's from must be very pleased that they've had such an enormous currency moment now and that number went up to them yesterday question here is very briefly because it was it all worth it i mean what keynes ever since the whole world found out about the atrocities carried out by the us army abroad i think that if the more people are aware of what actually happens the harder it will be for ordinary people to accept this kind of thing and i think if
you're a journalist you always ask what's the effect of the work we do and i think one of the effects is the hope we always have that we will make a difference but we can never guarantee that i mean i've made investigations that didn't come fully to light for two and three years then suddenly there's a change in mood because people remembered something they'd seen they didn't like and i think it may well be the case here for bradley manning. are getting faded and i thank you so much for joining us from london to discuss the manning case thank you. and stay with us here on r.t. for the ongoing coverage of bradley manning's trial will be covering the verdict for you as a seven hundred g.m.t. and also on our web site r.t. dot com we're asking today what sentence using bradley manning will get let's take a look now at the side of the moment as we can see the majority of those who voted believe the whistleblower should be found not guilty and honored as a hero well just our temper sand thing that suspended sans is an appropriate pal t.
also some say he should be executed or at least and his days in jail and at this point a minority insist manning should spend two decades behind bars so do us know what you think on this issue by logging on to our team dot com and leading your vote there. he is charged with perjury even. for. now the u.s. has been hosting top israeli and palestinian aides hoping to revive peace negotiations that have been stalled for almost three years the sides have major disagreements over issues such as borders and security and few expect a compromise to be reached washington wants to broker an agreement on a so-called two state solution which would allow israel to coexist peacefully
alongside a new palestinian state but the burning problems to deal with continue to be israeli settlement expansion the fate of palestinian refugees and the status of jerusalem the resumption of talks is extremely unpopular among the palestinian people who want israel to return all the land seized in the one nine hundred sixty seven war in a gesture to restart diplomacy tel aviv on sunday approved the release of one hundred four palestinian prisoners yet thousands more remain locked up in israeli jails policy reports from a town where the divide is bitterly felt. hebron to israeli settlers seen through the barbed wire that protects a bull use of a she's home his is the only outhouse left in the tell the maid a neighborhood in the center of ancient hebron. she lives on one side of the street across from him his secular neighbors who he watches only through this video camera
afraid of what would happen if he didn't this. go away the way you. did you see what you did you are in your daughter's are to russia is a boy you she's daughter she's afraid to visit her father because the settlers throw stones and eggs at her and her children. getting worse my mother was first given birth we called the ambulance but these are very young we did not give permission for them to get close to the house so my father and my brothers carried my mother out on the chair she gave birth in the chair and the newborn baby died but it's not only ambulances who refused permission to drive down this road no palestinian is allowed to use a vehicle here seventy eight year old boy a she has no choice he spends hours each day walking these well trodden stones to fetch groceries gas or to go to the mosque because of what had you are but it was the israeli say they closed the road because they were afraid somebody would
smuggle bombs you know i also know how we were supposed to get to our house when they said you can buy a donkey so i told them people are flown to the moon and you want me to buy a donkey or you go home by car. palestinians in hebron are no strangers to vote blocks here in hebron the streets are a maze if you palestinian there are some streets palestinians can't use or others they can walk on but not drive and still others they can access only with a permit it's to make sure the seven hundred. grady's who live among two hundred thousand palestinians in hebron can move around safely although his brand is the second oldest and largest palestinian city it's also the second most holy site to jews after the western wall iran is the first true city in the land of israel this is the very roots not only of judaism but of monotheism. just down the road it's the second holiest site to the jewish people in all the world and only since we've
come back everybody wants access to that holy sorry. if able to go and worship there these radios justify the vote closures arguing they protect the cities who live here but palestinians say it's often done for no other reason than to make their lives difficult. in the soldiers prevent me from crossing for no reason it depends on their mood whenever they feel like if they refuse this commission. all of abu ayyub she's arab neighbors have left this part of hebron the city has made their lives a living hell but he says he's taking a stand one step at a time. hebron the palestinian militant group hamas took over gaza back in two thousand and seven after winning a majority in the legislative elections a year earlier it's classified by some countries as a terrorist organization how god is saying from the hamas interior ministry says leaving the group out of peace talks is a serious mistake. actually this new call for an israeli negotiation is
coming from the american administration so they can want to make some. special is that mr obama didn't do anything in this case it during the last period negotiation will fail especially that. you give nothing for the palestinians and the only thing that looking for the security. and sort of medicine and. actually is not given the right to from the palestinian to negotiate and to give up the lands and. the sea and cases and pakistan seems to have elected its new leader as we tell you in just a few minutes here now but whether that will help rid the country of the blight of u.s. drone raids which have killed scores of people remains in doubt stay with us for more now.
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your mobile device you can watch your t.v. anytime anywhere. welcome back this is our china seemingly on stoppable economic rise appears to be a leveling off with g.d.p. growth now at a twenty three year low some economists are already heralding a long term slide down to three percent and in the coming years they bangs have voiced alarm over the numbers from china which come at a time of recession over in europe and the deep fiscal problems in the u.s. but despite the naysayers the chinese government remains staunchly optimistic pressing ahead with reform plans and setting an ambitious seven point five percent growth target for this year so are we seeing the aunt of the chinese economic miracle or are the doomsday predictions premature artie's business correspondent
katie pilbeam investigates. planet despite enjoying phenomenal growth over the last three decades is no mean to the overall global slowdown and as an economy reliant on external investment and demand the cracks. beginning to show. as it currently stands the chinese economy is expected to grow a modest seven point five percent by their standards having enjoyed a nearly ten percent average growth for the past thirty years now some point five percent is certainly not a disaster this figure acquaints of the whole of switzerland economy one of the wealthiest countries in europe so china's growth was to stay at this rate because you would be adding the whole of the swiss economy to its balance sheet every year but nevertheless the economy is slowing so what is being done to get the chinese economy to accelerate a bit more and avoid this three percent scenario well there have been chinese
whispers that the government is planning to implement a huge spending package to boost the country's gross rushing out of the new rahway as an infrastructure the government also intends to dig itself out of debt most of the country's risk comes from having high deaths in bad loans now all of this sounds bad it's nothing compared to the situation in europe where the year area is expected to contract and over in the u.s. growth is expected to reach just below two percent and china's spello emerging markets are expected to grow five percent a share in fact remains that while time is some point five percent growth may be ruffling a few feathers most of europe can only dream of being able to fly by. dreams of caring a professor at the university of hong kong says china's feeling the pressure from economic troubles in the west. it is cyclical in the sense that the external environment is unfavorable and hopefully when us economy branded european economy
improves and the chinese economy may do better it is structural into sandstad china has to change and transform is economic development model it cannot be pan all the time on cheap exports new leaders. and parents be ready to suffer from a slowing down of the economic growth rate and gauge in structural reforms so as to deliver. at a later stage meanwhile beijing has been injecting much needed cash into the infrastructure of greece raising hopes that the debt ridden country could become a gateway for trade and investment between china and europe is going off has been finding out. this is not the set of a movie about the post-apocalyptic world but the old international airport this is
what six years of recession twenty seven percent of unemployment and billions of euro in debt look like this important very will be the perfect reflection of the greek economy and since its creditors or the troika demand that greece of reserves nearly seventy billion dollars by the year twenty twenty two it has to sell off its state assets and here is where the chinese come in beijing is only planning to purchase this abandoned facility but is also looking at leasing the current working international airport it's also attracted other countries like russia and the u.s. but there is a great chance that that deal me also will go to china back in two thousand and nine china's costco's the shipping company you least half of greece is largest happens with thirty five years and local authorities say it's completely revitalized it's a win win situation great business for costco and millions of euro in tax revenues for greece in fact things have been going so well athens is now considering leasing the second half of the port beijing is once again interested pledging to turn it
into the number one seed in the mediterranean from here chinese products are put on trains and then distributed throughout the e.u. so there are no prizes for guessing who wants to snap up the greek railways as well but this chinese takeaway doesn't end all the infrastructure greek food products or virgin all of wall to be exact are stirring up an appetite in china last year the country became reeses number four export market and officials here say they used to think was a long term priority announce top of the list so as the troika slams greece with various austerity measures and demands a new job cuts and the reduction of salaries china is storming in on a white children for springing big business said it's considering covering some of the debt which is great news and a great opportunity for the greek economy and given that many other southern e.u. countries are also embarrassed. it's china will just be flexing its muscles you're
just going to. athens and back on home soil the chinese government's opening a window into its military machine for the first time ever a key army base outside beijing is letting in journalists find out what's behind the move to transparency at r.t. dot com. plus millions of moscow commuters could soon have their movements tracked by police we reveal the city's plans to equip the metro system with thousands of sensors able to pinpoint the locations of mobile phones. early results show that pakistani lawmakers have elected noon hussein from the ruling party as a country's next president it's two months since pakistan had its first democratic transfer of power through a general election but it seems no matter who is at the helm one controversial issue continues to plague the country the cia led program of downlead drone strikes and with a militant group promising reprisal attacks for each u.s.
raid retired senior air of force officer result in how he says islamabad's hands are tied. the new government which had you know all resorted to a lot of rhetoric in the run up to the elections especially during the electoral campaigns it had promised that it will bring an end to the controversial drone attacks but it seems that there is been a reality check given to the new government by the americans that the aid which comes through i.m.f. through loans and other things will be stopped unless the government of pakistan draws the line so therefore it does appears to be business as usual although the number of drone attacks have in fact increased with the new government coming in there have been only lip sympathy paid there have been in number of protests but there has been nor a stance taken due to pick it up with the u.s. government that is drawn strikes must stop john kerry the u.s. secretary of state is likely to visit this week and maybe it is taken up with them
but i personally have very little hope from that because if something had to be done in a concrete manner it would have been done the worst thing is that with the new government taking over it's been nearly fifty days but the number of terror strikes have actually increased. and i'll be back with news headlines in just over half an hour in the meantime though it's over to washington d.c. for prime interest. i've got a big question for you how stupid can stupid terrorist paranoia get according to four progressive dot com the texas department of public safety demanded that any women entering the state senate hand over any tampons or pads before entering wow so why would they do this are they really that scared that some terrorists are playing to sneak a bomb into the place at any cost according to news to yahoo dot com the official
reason is that they're afraid of people using projectiles as a form of protest against a law that would really restrict abortions oh well no i kind of see where you abortion is an issue that people really get furious over now it kind of all makes sense but wait wait wait wait what's that they're afraid of projectiles but people with guns were allowed to take them into the senate are you kidding me i think the second amendment does a lot more good than harm by i think it goes without saying that for women to concealed carry their hygiene items they should need a permit or permission from anyone but that's just my opinion. that afternoon and welcome the prime interest i'm hearing and boring and i'm bob
english and here's the story that we're tracking today. two or not it's a q e that is the classic and now that it's clear fed chairman bernanke out as the next january two front runners are being floated by the mainstream media these would be larry summers and janet yellen. we've profiled summers before and know his complete mismanagement of the harvard endowment and he is nowhere near the politician burning. so why some are well it's quite simple the event openly critical of the fed's monetary wanted jazz and has much more keen on fiscal stimulus and on the other side we have genet you know and a close confidant and someone who is likely to keep the monetary pedal to the metal as long as possible the wall street journal reports only today that she is the pressure of economic prognosticator however parian dug into transcripts of fed meetings pre-crisis and came to
a different conclusion should profile janet yellen in just a bit and scandal after scandal is already precipitating and j.p. morgan exit from the commodities market but now goldman sachs and morgan stanley are in the limelight as well who have been key players for decades the fed is already doing special exemptions they gave banks to dominate these markets and decade ago given the recent spotlight it looks like the two banks are getting ahead of the curve and seeking to spin off their commodities division finally you've probably heard of g.d.p. well the bureau of economic analysis which compiles a figure decided it wasn't happy with the calculation as so the ministry of economic proofing this decided it's going to rewrite history and revised every g.d.p. figure going back to the one nine hundred twenty nine yes that would be the very year when celebrated economists were going fisher said the stock market had reached a permanently high plateau. we'll talk about off the road john ralston saul about the big.